Guaiacum officinale, commonly known as roughbark lignum-vitae, guaiacwood or gaÃ¯acwood, is a species of tree in the caltrop family, Zygophyllaceae, that is native to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America.Common name:
Tree of Life, Lignum Vitae, Guaiac Color:
9.00 to 12.00 feetDifficulty level:
easy to growPlanting & Care
Fill a 4- to 6-inch pot with a soilless seed-starting potting mix. Use a pot that has at least one drainage hole in the bottom. Prepare one pot for each lignum vitae seed. Make a 1/4-inch-deep hole in the center of the pot with your index finger. Drop one seed into the hole and then smooth the soil back over it.Sunlight:
Full Sun to Partial ShadeSoil:
well-drained soil Water:
Apply any organic fertilizerCare:
- Water the potting mix in the pot until it is evenly damp and water starts to seep out of the hole in the bottom.
- Place the pot or pots containing the lignum vitae seeds in a bright area, out of indirect light.
Where winter hardy, it grows well in coastal plantings. Also serves as an attractive ornamental lawn tree. It also can be grown as a shrub. May be grown in containers due to slow growth rate. UseMedicinal use:
- Some of the resins active ingredients are effective anti inflammatory agents.
- Due to this fact, it is used against sore throut and gout.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.